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FIREPROOF: The Basics of Defensible Space and The 'Home Ignition Zone'

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The main reason to use defensible space is to protect your home from a wildland fire.

What gives a home the best chance to survive a wildfire are its construction materials and the quality of defensible space surrounding it. Embers from a wildfire may find the weak link in your home’s fire protection and gain the upper hand because of a small, overlooked or seemingly inconsequential factor.

The Department of Natural Resources has suggested steps you can take to reduce the chance of ignition from direct flames, ember showers and radiant heat coming from outside of the defensible zone.

  • Start by making sure your roof and gutters are clear of flammable vegetation like leaves and pine needles.
  • Remove dry grasses from around your home.
  • Keep desired vegetation well-irrigated.
  • Clear flammable materials from your deck and below as well. This includes wood storage, brooms and easily ignitable patio furniture.
  • Enclose and seal the area under your deck from wind-driven embers.
  • Move the woodpile and lidded garbage cans at least 30 feet or more from the house.
  • Install fine wire mesh screen over roof, eave and foundation vents.
  • Inspect chimney and install a spark-arresting mesh screen.
  • Relocate propane tanks and other flammable materials to 30 feet or more from the house.
  • Retrofit windows, doors, siding and decking with fire-resistant products, as time and budget allow. A replacement double pane, metal – not vinyl – window can make the difference between survival and loss.
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